Better Bad News on Why Guys don’t Link

Recovered from the Wayback Machine. Unfortunately, Flash

I can’t believe I missed this one: the Better Bad News gang does a Jarvis/Powers dialog on Guys Don’t Link and it is hilarious.

“What’s wrong with being a white male?”

“Belligerance, greed, avarice, intolerance, and force are no longer the winning combination they once were.”

I found a link to this parody in a comment to a post at Misbehaving.

Satire. I love satire.

Is it just me, or does the one guy playing Jarvis sound like Max Headroom?

Speaking of which, Mr. Scoble knows of no geek women or women interested in technology or Longhorn (Microsoft’s next wonderkid) in Silicon Valley. If you match this criteria–female, tech, Silicon Valley–drop by and say Hi. He also doesn’t understand why only guys are asking questions of Jim Allchin, Longhorn architect and O/S VP.

Now that he mentions it, I have some questions on InfoCard and people putting their driver’s license information, passports, credit cards, and other material of this nature into a component integrated into a Windows operating system.

I mean, wouldn’t it be simpler just to lose our wallets on the street, in a really bad neighborhood? And we could save the money of the upgrade.

Anyway, go watch the Bad News broadcast, and meet the real Mags.

“Blogging while old.”

Scoble did respond in comments about the women who I mentioned:

“Dori Smith is a friend and was on my list of 30, but she doesn’t write often enough about technology to make the top 10.

Danah Boyd? Is on my top 30, but her blog doesn’t put her on the top 10, sorry.

This was a press tour. It was a way to meet some of the innovators in the new blogger world and start a conversation with them. It wasn’t a way to win over women.

You saying that Danah has done more for the blogging world than, say, Evan Williams? Or Doug Kaye? Or done more writing about Microsoft technology than Thomas Hawk? Or built a cooler news site than, say, Gabe?

See, that’s the judgment I used. Not whether or not they were male or female. ”


“And none of those are on the blog map.”

But Thomas Hawke — he of the top ten who has had enough impact on weblogging to be considered worthy– posted a photo of why Scoble would want more women, saying he was just joking.

But it wasn’t satire.


Finally, the Poetry Finder

I am having far too much fun working on the metadata extensions to Wordform. So much so that I don’t really want to quit at night. Not only code–after I release the beta next week, I have several writings in the works that are going to be as much fun (at least to me). In fact, April could very well end up being my best month in weblogging.

I’ve finished a couple of the metadata extensions, and now I need to turn my eye and code on the final one I plan on releasing before the end of the month–the Poetry Finder. Yes that long promised and delayed functionality has finally found the place where it can be most easily integrated in every day usage; all that’s needed now, is to define the beginnings of the vocabulary.


That’s where you all come in. As I’ve said in the past, I have a limited high school education, only completing all my coursework for the 9th grade, and dropping out in the 10th. No regrets–I lived a life of wonderous adventure. However, a significant impact of this is that I did not have any high school English, including any studies about the form and format of poems.

I’ve learned a great deal, thanks to knowledgable webloggers who have shared both their interest and expertise. I’ve been introduced to both works and writers, as well as intepretations of same. I’ve found my own favorites among those I’ve met through others and on my own.

Still, there is a vast difference between appreciating a poem, and understanding the mechanics of one. In addition, there is much about how a poem or its component parts can be identified and described that I know absolutely nothing about.

I could spend weeks and years learning all about poetry; but then, you all could spend weeks and years learning how to program and work with operating systems so that you can make your own modifications or fixes. Each of us has unique knowledge that we share with each other and that’s, to me, the strength of this environment–even beyond the friendships we make.

Plus when working with technology, those who create the applications are frequently the worst when it comes to defining what’s important, and how the application is to be used. In my previous jobs, when we started to build a picture of the business data and processes, we would search out subject matter experts and get their help. Therefore I’m searching out subject matter experts among you.

You don’t have to be a poet or have taught poetry (though I have my eye on a few individuals) to help. If you know enough about poetry to define a poem and describe it mechanically; to understand the importance of concepts such as metaphors (and whatever else there is comparable); or you have ideas of how you would like to search for specific poems, please lend me a hand.

What I’m asking is for you to grab some poems, perhaps some favorites, and then pretend that you’re describing the poem for a group of tenth graders. What are some of the characteristics you would use in your description?

Now imagine doing the same with a group of friends.

Also, if you were to sit down at the Internet and go looking for a poem, what are your ideal search parameters? Would you look for a type of poem, or the period? Would you want to find poems that focus on a specific topic, or use a particular metaphor? Using a poet’s name or name of the work is a given–it’s for the more subtle searches that I need your help.

I know there are types of poems, such as haiku; poetic constructs such as stanza and meter; poetic imagery such as the use of metaphors; even periods of poetry. But I don’t know which of these is truly meaningful for describing, and most particularly, for searching.

The more responses, both from one person and from many people, the better the vocabulary. Though I need the poets and teachers in the crowd, I also need folks who just love poetry–or language or languages for that matter. I realize I could grab some of these terms and look for tags in and Technorati for relevant material, but I don’t necessarily have time for this particular tree to grow–I want to finish the components of the Poetry Finder this month. (Though I will also be examining these–the more input, the better.)

As I build the vocabulary, I’ll print it online so that you can check my work and my progress. I really do appreciate your help, and hope I can deliver something interesting in return.

Just Shelley

Point of no bed

We each have a moment in our nights, a point on the clock, where if we’re still awake, we might as well just stay awake. For me it is 4:30.

Good morning, everyone.

At least I managed to finish the metadata plugin. And I didn’t even need to drink the Mountain Dew.


Mac X11 goodies

The new Mac OS X release, 10.4 and codenamed ‘Tiger’, is out soon. I won’t be among those in line at the Apple stores to upgrade to it, at least not right away, as I’m pretty happy with my current environment.

My camera software and Adobe PhotoShop both work nicely with 10.3, though I am noticing some memory problems when I run PhotoShop and certain other applications at the same time. Additionally, access to the Unix bits works nicely, including the integrated X11–X Window System–support. If you’re not familiar with Xll, this is the standard GUI interface prominant among Unix boxes, and is also a way for applications created for Linux to run within Mac OS X, without having to use the Apple user interface components.

Thanks to the built-in X11, I’m able to run OpenOffice, which gives me access to Microsoft Office documents on my Mac without having to buy Office for the Mac or install a PC emulator. (I’m running the stable 1.1.4 build, not the beta because of a vulnerability just discovered in 2.0.)

Over at the Wordform site, James Robinson mentioned GIMP for free graphics and photo software on the Mac OS X, and I installed the 2.2.6 application bundle. What a lovely application, and a decent alternative to PhotoShop for those who can’t quite shell out the hundreds that Adobe wants for its software. Especially since there is not just one but three GIMP plugins to work with D70 RAW images.

Of course, to install the RawPhoto plugin, I needed to have access to the gimptool2 utility. To have gimptool2, I needed to install the gimp2-dev toolkit. To install gimp2-dev, I had to make sure that Fink (a Mac OS X installer) was configured to work with unstable builds. To make sure Fink could work with unstable builds, I had to update the configuration file, synch up the package binary on my machine, re-configure it, and then run the fink installer. To run fink without warnings I had to install a new verision of gcc. To continue the installation, I had to install Perl’s XML::Parser. To install the … well, let’s just say that I now have much more software on my machine than I used to. And all for a plugin.

Still, gimp is a fun tool, and you can’t go wrong with ‘free’. However, if you try it on your Mac, you may want to bag the NEF plugin.